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4 Consequences Of Not Taking Care Of Your Gutters

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This fall, make sure that you find some time in your schedule to clean out your gutters or hire a professional roofing company to clean out your gutters for you instead. Not cleaning out your gutters can have numerous serious consequences.

1. Improper Water Flow

When you gutters are full of debris, water is not able to properly flow through your gutters. This can cause water to find other ways off of your roof. Water may run down the side of your home, damaging your siding. Water may also get stuck on your roof, and cause damage to your shingles. You don't want water going wherever it want it to; you want water to go directly where you want it to go to protect your home.

2. Increase in Pests Near Your Home

When you allow debris to sit and decompose, you are actually creating the perfect environment for pests to thrives. Insects will take up home in the decomposing matter in your gutters. Birds will find the debris the perfect material for gathering for their nests. Even squirrels will want to get into the action, gathering material from your gutters, and potentially exploring your attic while they are on your roof. You may even get mice who enjoy the debris in your gutters.

Debris in your gutters is a great way to attract an entire host of pests to your home. Keeping your gutters clean is yet another way to keep pests away from your home.

3. Increase in Mold & Pollen

When you have lots of debris in your gutters, this can cause mold and pollen to accumulate near your home. If you or anyone in your home has sensitivities to either mold or pollen, this can cause your home to be a dangerous place, as mold and pollen just sits and lingers in your gutters. Many individuals will experience issues until the mold and pollen source is removed; if it is hanging out in your gutters, then this will just be a continuous issue for the individuals in your home.

4. Result in Ice Dams

Next, when your gutters are full of debris, in the winter time, when you have snow on your roof, ice dams can form. Ice dams are formed when snow is not able to get off your roof when it melts. Ice dams can cause some serious damage to your roof. They can damage your shingles, and allow water into the under layers of your roof, and potentially into your home as well.

Not cleaning out your gutters can have some serious consequences. Clogged gutters attract pests to your home and provide a place for pollen and mold to fester. Clogged gutters can lead to damaging ice dams in the winter, and can cause water to go places that you didn't intend it to go, such as down the siding of your home. Cleaning out your gutters can prevent all of these serious consequences from happening to your home.

For more information, contact your local roofing contractor.